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Big Data and Official Statistics: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

Statistical Journal of the International Association of Official Statistics 31(3): 471-481, 2015

20 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Mar 2016

Rob Kitchin

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University) - NIRSA

Date Written: April 16, 2015

Abstract

The development of big data is set to be a significant disruptive innovation in the production of official statistics offering a range of opportunities, challenges and risks to the work of national statistical institutions (NSIs). This paper provides a synoptic overview of these issues in detail, mapping out the various pros and cons of big data for producing official statistics, examining the work to date by NSIs in formulating a strategic and operational response to big data, and plotting some suggestions with respect to on-going change management needed to address the use of big data for official statistics.

Keywords: big data, official statistics, national statistical institutions, opportunities, challenges, risks

Suggested Citation

Kitchin, Rob, Big Data and Official Statistics: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks (April 16, 2015). Statistical Journal of the International Association of Official Statistics 31(3): 471-481, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2595075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2595075

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